The Magento 2 Bandwagon
Razoyo jumped on the Magento 2 bandwagon relatively quickly. We saw it as a practical question for our clients. After Magento stopped feature development on Magento 1, we simply could not recommend launching a new site on 1.x.
ROI would be hard to come by because:
- Magento had announced they would stop releasing security updates in 2018, so, a move would be forced at that time.
- Even if Magento continued to support it after 2018, all of the innovation was going to be happening on Magento 2.
- Magento 2 promised to be faster and have important design improvements that increased conversion.
In fact, our Magento 2 upgrades convert at a higher rate
While it varies, our experience with upgrades is that there is an immediate lift in conversion, especially on mobile. I would ascribe this mostly to the checkout process. The Magento design team did a fantastic job improving the workflow to reduce friction to a minimum. Our first migration paid for the cost of migrating through increased conversion within the first few months.
It wasn’t an easy journey
Our first Magento 2 builds were rife with core bug issues, a lack of suitable extensions and learning curve challenges that required, frankly, a lot of humility to overcome. We were no longer the masters of the code. We had to learn to work with newer versions of PHP, use Composer, compile LESS into CSS and so forth.
DEV OPS, Aye, there’s the rub
Because of all of the technical and platform changes, we had to completely retool our DEV OPS. Gone were the days of merging branches, pushing changes and clearing caches. We now had to incorporate Composer and time for CSS to compile. This caused us to completely rethink our DEV OPS process.
In the end, it made us a better company, though. Our Web Apps development process had always been different with DEV OPS that varied from our Magento process. Magento 2 forced us to come up with a better process and now it is easier for our developers to work on any project.
If you are thinking of upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2
My advice? Now is the time. Just make sure you are working with a developer that is ready. Razoyo has over a year’s worth of experience on new builds and Magento 2 migrations. Whether or not you go with us, we would love to talk to you about your project.